Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle New Album - Steps Shop Women's Shop Men's
Customer Review

46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lynchian Existential Horror, 7 Nov. 2012
This review is from: In the Night Garden: Hello Everybody! Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
Each episode begins with the same harrowing sequence - a misshapen humanoid creature (Iggle Piggle) falls asleep in a small unmoored boat which, as he slumbers, drifts out into the black night sea. What follows this opening can then be interpreted (the protagonist obviously having drowned) as being his ongoing experiences in a kind of nightmarish afterlife in which a bloated, tumour-ridden dwarf endlessly pushes a child's tricycle around a forest uttering nothing but his own name, over and over again.

The outskirts of this hellish glade are populated by enormous, leering entities taller than trees. They billow silently with unmoving smiles, their implicit threat reminiscent of Rover from the 1960s series The Prisoner (and presumably employed in a similar role, though Mr Piggle to date has lacked the guile to attempt escape).

Other notable cast members include two large families of tiny dutchmen. Perhaps representative simply of historical Dutch colonialism, they may also be interpreted as (due to the number of children in each) a Catholic community banished to this leafy netherworld as victims of the Dutch Protestant revolt in the late 16th century. Either way their significance in terms of the wider narrative is ambiguous at best.

All of this is narrated in jolly-dentist-experimenting-with-his-own-drugs-before-operating style by the Christopher Walken of childrens television, Derek Jacobi.

In conclusion, each episode confronts the viewer with a succession of terrifying, loosely related vignettes featuring the souls of these insane, gibbering malformities and their repeated failure to find peace or meaning as they shuffle ceaselessly through the surreal overbright woodland of the underworld.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]


Review Details